The Commonwealth Fund Report on Medicaid Falls Short

The coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act relies heavily on expanding eligibility for Medicaid, which raises important questions on the efficacy of the program. Proponents of the law applaud the expansion as a windfall for low-income households, while critics maintain that Medicaid affords poor access relative to private coverage and does not measurably improve the health of beneficiaries. In an attempt to answer these questions, the Commonwealth Fund has weighed in, suggesting that Medicaid beneficiaries are, in many respects, just as well off or better in Medicaid as in private coverage. However, some are exaggerating the findings.

Policy Concerns of LTE in Unlicensed Spectrum

A group of developing technical standards allowing cellular carriers to use unlicensed spectrum has shown promise in enhancing consumer services, but is already facing pushback from players in the industry.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should be agnostic as to the development in this space, especially as it considers further action or new rules for unlicensed bands. Ultimately, what is happening in the 5 GHz band highlights the perennial problems of interference and pricing in unlicensed spectrum that are intractable.

Holtz-Eakin Statement On King v. Burwell Decision

American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin made the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell. "The Supreme Court’s decision ends the detour into the legality of drafting and returns the focus to the core problem with Obamacare: it is poor health insurance policy, poor health care policy, poor budget policy, and poor economic policy. Today’s ruling ensures that growth will continue to be impaired, taxes will continue to rise, dangerous entitlement spending will feed the unsustainable federal budget, and families will be burdened with expensive health insurance that provides inadequate access to actual care."  

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